Labor Day Weekend is often a day of picnics and family reunions,
as it was for my family when I was a child.
The two little girls in the mosaic are my sister and I
in the 1950s at the yearly Labor Day Weekend reunion held on
the dairy farm that had belonged to our grandparents.
Detail of Book and Author Luncheon Wall Quilt by Pat Clark
Begun in 1965 by UNESCO, this day is meant to
"highlight the importance of literacy
to individuals, communities, and societies."
9/11 Remembrance Day
The oak tree above, was just a seedling of six inches
when it was planted by the Walsh family in my neighborhood.
in 2001 as a tribute to honor and mourn those lost on the
horrific morning of September 11, 2001.
tall some fifteen years later.
I often pass this tree several times a day,
and without exception it sparks the memory of
how Americans across our country came together in grief and
patriotism in the days and months following that tragic day.
Uncle Sam Day
Uncle Sam Day was officially declared by Congress in 1989.
The date was selected because
"Uncle Sam Wilson" was born on this date
You can read more about Uncle Sam Wilson and
my collection of Uncle Sam folk art here.
This date signals the beginning of autumn when
daylight hours begin to diminish and cooler temperatures arrive.
A favorite time of year for me, I enjoy the russet colors,
dining alfresco, pumpkins, and the nip in the air.
Round Top Antiques Fair
It's fall and that means it's time to head to Round Top, Texas
for one of my favorite antique shopping venues.
Though I tend to shop the two venues above,
there are thousands of dealers who come from across the country
and set up in buildings and tents along the roadsides in this
area of Texas, all here to offer a marathon shopping experience.